5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry
5th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Montgomery, Alabama, in May, 1861, Its companies were from the counties of Barbour, Clarke, Lowndes, Talladega, Dallas, Sumter, Monroe, Greene, and Pickens. It surrendered with 4 officers and 53 men.
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Companies by County:
- Company A - many men from Clarke County
- Company A [subsequently, Company F] - many men from Dallas County
- Company B - many men from Sumter County
- Company C - many men from Pickens County
- Company D "Monroe Guards"- many men from Monroe County
- Company E - many men from Talladega County
- Company F "Cahaba Rifles" - many men from Sumter County
- Company H "Warrior Guards" - many men from Tuscaloosa County [The majority of this company organized into an artillery unit on 28 December 1861; the remaining 18 members united with Company I, 5th AL Infantry.]
- Company I [subsequently, Company D] - many men from Greene County
- Company K - many men from Lowndes County [this company organized 27 April 62 by transfer of a portion of Co. "E", 6th AL Infantry plus addition of new recruits]
- Company K [subsequently, Company A]- many men from Barbour County
The list of companies with their counties is found on history-sites.com web site.
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in 'Alabama in the Civil War' and 'United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865' (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Alabama in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Alabama, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Hubbs, G. Ward. Guarding Greensboro : a Confederate company in the making of a southern community. (Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, c2003), FHL book 976.143/G1 H2h
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).